The Department of Curriculum Management (DCM 162 circular) in collaboration with the European Commission Representation in Malta is organising the first edition of the Malta Junior Science Olympiad. The event targets gifted and talented Form 5 science students.
The Malta Junior Science Olympiad will be held on Saturday 22nd November, 2014 at St Ignatius College Boys’ Secondary School, Ħandaq. Transport to and from Ħandaq needs to be organised by participating schools. Each participating school can register ONE team of three students. The selection of the students is at the discretion of the school. However it is recommended that the team includes at least one student with sound background from each science subject (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics).
Each student is requested to bring a lab-coat and lab safety glasses/goggles, together with pens/pencils, a 30cm ruler and a scientific calculator. The students will work on a set of three scientific investigative tasks related to the SEC Biology, Chemistry and Physics content. The selected theme for this year’s event is Waste Management.
The following information indicates the subject topics relevant to the investigations.
Biology: Respiration, Soil as an ecosystem, Management of resources
Chemistry: Organic Chemistry (alkanes, natural gas, crude oil), Sulphur and its compounds, Qualitative analysis, Redox reactions
Physics: Balancing forces, Electricity in the home, Staying cool
Each student in the first 3 winning teams will be awarded an eBook Reader sponsored by the European Commission. The school of the winning team will receive the Science Olympiad trophy. A certificate of participation will be presented to all participants. The winning teams will be announced during the Awards Ceremony that will be held at Aula Magna, Old University Building, Valletta, on Tuesday 2nd December at 6.00pm.
PROGRAMME FOR THE 22ND NOVEMBER, 2014
REGISTRATION : 8.30am – 9.00am
WELCOME : 9.00am – 9.15am
LAB ALLOCATION : 9.15am – 9.30am
INVESTIGATE TASKS : 9.30am – 12.30pm